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Linux Autumn Reports

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  • Fedora 29 Release Party at Linux Autumn: Event Report

    During this year’s Linux Autumn we organized Fedora 29 Release Party. These kind of events are organized around the world after the new version of Fedora is released. It’s likely that it was the world’s first Fedora 29 Release Party (for this version) because the official poster design was not yet ready and nobody had asked for it before.

    Again, being an organizer, I must warn you that my perception of the event may be different than the one of an attendee. But on the other hand I saw more behind the scene events.

    The party was attended by the Linux Autumn attendees. Its organizers included two Fedora ambassadors: Julita Inca Chiroque from Peru and Dominik “Rathann” Mierzejewski from Poland. Julita, as always, brought lots of balloons with Fedora and GNOME logos, and Matej Marušák from Red Hat Brno brought Fedora stickers and other swag.

  • Linux Autumn 2018: Event Report

    Linux Autumn, the 16th annual conference of Linux and free software enthusiasts, organized by PLUG, was held from 9 to 11 November. This year, same as last year, we met in Ustroń, southern Poland, but we changed the venue: this time it was Hotel Gwarek.

    I must say that my report may be little biased because I was included into the organizing team and I took it seriously.

Red Hat and SUSE on Servers

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  • IBM's Red Hat acquisition could be "disastrous", says Puppet exec

    Nigel Kersten says claims that the deal is a cloud play are "ridiculous"
    IBM shocked the tech industry earlier this year when it snapped up open source stalwart Red Hat in a $34 billion mega-deal.

    The acquisition marks the biggest software merger in history, and the general assumption is that IBM is intending to leverage Red Hat's experience in the cloud computing market to bolster its own efforts in this area as it seeks to pivot from old-school on-premise infrastructure to newer revenue streams.

    Not everyone agrees with this, however. Nigel Kersten is vice-president of ecosystem engineering at open source firm Puppet, and previously served as CIO, CTO and chief technical strategist. According to him, the idea that IBM is buying Red Hat for its cloud credentials is laughable.

  • IBM to increase focus on Cloud Migration Services

    IBM is focusing to keep it easier for customers to move to multi-cloud environments by adding automation tools to its cloud services. And, the tech-giant is enlarging its relationship with cloud migration specialists ServiceNow. Both the moves are taken to help customer simplify some hard tasks includes moving new and legacy applications to multi-cloud environments on IBM’s own cloud service or others such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Red Hat.

    To magnify its new services, IBM last month said it would buy open-source software pioneer Red Hat for nearly $34 billion stock acquisition. On the other hand, the deal would be bought enormous opportunities for IBM making it a large open source and enterprise software player worldwide. This will help the company make its mark into the lucrative hybrid-cloud party targeting prominent market players including Google, Amazon and Microsoft among others.

  • Damien Wong from Red Hat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd clinches Executive of the Year - Computer Software at the SBR Management Excellence Awards 2018

    To support the company’s goal of becoming the leading IT infrastructure software provider in ASEAN, Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, developed the Red Hat ASEAN 2.0 Strategy to guide the company's business for fiscal years FY16-FY18 using a collaborative and inclusive approach.

    Wong is known for his dynamic leadership style where he recommended the adoption of a Balanced Scorecard approach, covering Financial, Market, Customer, and Employee goals. This strategy, which favoured an approach that did not just emphasise financial results alone, was developed to guide the Red Hat ASEAN team across the fiscal years FY16-FY18. For developing the Red Hat ASEAN 2.0 Strategy, Wong clinched the Executive of the Year for Computer Software at the SBR Management Excellence Awards 2018.

  • Excited About Application Modernization? Contain Yourself…

    For those of us who work with technologies every day, it’s important to remember one key thing: every topic is new to someone somewhere every day.

    With that in mind, we are starting a series of posts here that will start from basics to help you build your knowledge of modern application delivery. Think of it as Containers 101.
    To understand what containers are and how they benefit application developers, devops, and operations teams, let’s look at an essential change in the architecture of applications: the use of microservices.

  • The Brains Behind the Books – Part VI : Markus Feilner

    Despite its more than 25 years, SUSE felt like a mature start-up, and as a boss and “personal firewall” (as the team would call me), I was allowed to nearly triple the team size, 40% of which are female writers (and technology experts!!) today. I learnt what it means to “lead a world-wide remote team”, including budget and staff responsibility.

Fedora 29 Bangalore Release Party

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The Fedora community of Bangalore assembled at the Red Hat Bangalore office. The event was scheduled to start at 1300, but the lunch at the office postponed the event by 45 mins.

Sumantro kicked off the event with a small introduction, following which Vipul gave a introduction of the open source with a short choco chip story.

Sumantro back on stage after that talking about the "What's coming next?", from discussing about GNOME/Pantheon, to Python 2 deprecation, to Ansible, to IoT, to Modularity.

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How I uncovered my inner geek

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I'm beginning to feel old. A few months ago, somebody called me a "gray beard" in a comment in an IRC channel. You might have thought my lack of actual beard and the fact that they used the US spelling, rather than the correct "grey," would have meant that I was unaffected, but no, I was. I've been around for a long time, and I've played with more protocols than are probably good for me, so when I briefly told how I'd started out, and a friend replied, "that story is so good," I realised that maybe my experience differs enough from that of many who've joined the profession more recently than me1 that it might be of interest.

So, here goes. I should preface this account by saying that I was quite a geek at school—and by school, I mean "school," not "university"2—doing basic stick-figure animation, writing Mandelbrot set generators, learning PASCAL and Assembly language, trying to hack the very basic school network, that sort of thing. By the time I went to university in 1990, I'd decided to do something a bit different,5 so I spent two years studying English literature (mainly pre-1840) and another two years studying theology (mainly pre-1640). But I kept up some geekery and had a laptop or PC throughout my time at university. Well, I say laptop, but my first PC-compatible was an 8088 Hitachi luggable with an orange screen. Now, that was a computer.

And I had email. This may not seem like a surprise, but as a humanities6 student in a UK university in the early '90s, it took some doing. In order to get access to email at all, you needed a signed form (it was on yellow paper, I think) from your director of studies and your college computing officer to say you had need of it—and even then you were allowed to send emails only to other people on the UK academic network. And my email address used the standard UK academic addressing scheme: Yes, I know this looks backwards. You youngsters: I don't know.

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Red Hat in the News

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  • “That’s the open source way!” The Red Hat Sydney Forum Keynote

    Red Hat’s driving theme for their forums this year is ‘Ideas Worth Exploring’, a much more descriptive and identifiable theme those that most vendors use for such events.

    This is fitting, as the company spent a fair amount of time explaining exactly how they can help companies leverage open source solutions to replace the expense of the current big vendors.

    Red Hat A/NZ vice president and general manager Max Mclaren took to the stage to provide some perspective on where we are and where we should be looking.

    “If we’re looking at what dominates the IT industry today, I would say the opportunity for us as customers, partners or vendors has never been so good,” McLaren says.

    “That’s because we’re the primary reason for a lot of the dynamism in organisations and the economies that we live in today. On the other hand, we are also the source of the ability to cope with, if not leverage that change.”

  • From the mag: the present, and future, of open source

    Open source: for some, the phrase doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, or calls to mind things such as Wikipedia pages that can be edited to say basically anything. According to Red Hat’s Lee Miles, general manager for Central Eastern Europe, CIS, the Middle East and Africa, that’s one reason why many businesses in the past were wary of Linux’s open source operating system.

    But times are changing, and Red Hat, which provides open-source software products to the enterprise community, is embracing that change.

    “We see an explosion of technology happening in countries that are looking to advance,” he says, pointing to Saudi Arabia and its Vision 2030 initiatives as an example. “And telcos are really at the forefront.”

  • Red Hat turns blue

    We’re contemplating life this month, not just because we’re wondering if we’re all trapped inside a giant simulation but also the fate of open source itself with the purchase of Red Hat by IBM for a huge $34 billion. The news came in just as we were going to press, so we’re still processing the ramifications, but IBM can be considered a friend of open source and Linux, so perhaps it might all work out well.
    In the next issue we’ll be diving into virtualising your world. It often feels like we’re living in a virtualised world. Containerised services and orchestrated automation have grown gloriously out of both the Linux Kernel and open source projects to rule the server world. You’ll get to grips with the all-powerful Qemu, get 3D acceleration with GPU-passthrough, discover containers and we take an in-depth look at Flatpak.

Flatpak Linux App Sandboxing Format Now Lets You Kill Running Flatpak Instances

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Flatpak's Alex Larsson released a new version of the popular Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework that promises to be the future of application distribution across Linux OSes.

Flatpak 1.1.0 is now available as the first snapshot to kick off the development of the Flatpak 1.2 series, which is expected to arrive by the end of the year, promising new features and improvements to make your Flatpak experience better from all angles when you want to deploy apps across multiple Linux-based operating systems.

In this development release, the development team implemented a new "flatpak kill" command to finally let users kill running Flatpak instances, and made the --remote argument optional in the "flatpak install" command for interactive installs, prompting users to choose a remote location to install the app.

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Yo Red Hat -- OpenStack Platform 14 based on Rocky

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Red Hat appears to be continuing with its normal course of business (and product roll out programme) under the ownership of its new IBM parent — the firm’s OpenStack Platform 14 has been launched this month.

This is Red Hat’s cloud-native (and indeed apps-ready) Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

Based on the OpenStack “Rocky” community release, version 14 is said to more tightly integrate with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, its Kubernetes platform.

The new version is also shaped for better bare-metal resource consumption and enhanced deployment automation.

The mission statement for this software (if there were an official one) would be Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 aims to deliver a single infrastructure offering that can act as a foundation for traditional, virtualised and cloud-native workloads.

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​NZ Customs turn to Red Hat for eGate system upgrade

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New Zealand accepts around 25,000 international travellers through its borders each year, and with visitor arrivals forecasted to increase by 4.8 percent each year over the next five years, the country's Customs Service upgraded its technology to keep pace.

New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs) embarked on an eGate upgrade project, turning to Red Hat for a new automated way to get through passport control.

NZ Customs developed a solution architecture based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), Red Hat Fuse, and Red Hat AMQ.

"Customs has been on a bit of a journey in the technology space, reinventing ourselves to address the challenges that a significant and on-going increase in passenger and trade poses to us," NZ Customs chief architect Mat Black told Red Hat Forum 2018 in Sydney on Wednesday.

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Red Hat Improves System Performance in RHEL 8 Beta

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Today’s topics include the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, and Oracle acquiring Talari Networks for entry into the SD-WAN space.

Three and a half years since the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 in June 2014, Red Hat is finally issuing a major new version number of its flagship Linux platform—RHEL 8, which it is now previewing in beta.

In response to the emergence of containers and microservices as a primary paradigm for application deployment, Red Hat is including multiple container tools in RHEL 8 that it has been developing and proving out in the open-source community, including Buildah for container building, Podman for running containers, and Skopeo for sharing and finding containers.

Systems management is also getting a boost with the Composer features that enable organizations to build and deploy custom RHEL images.

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Red Hat and Oracle: DTrace, Microsoft Wanted to Buy Red Hat and More

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  • Oracle Exploring DTrace With eBPF

    While this year Oracle was successful in getting DTrace working well on Linux assuming you apply their patches or (more easily) using their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on Oracle Linux, they are looking at enhancing DTrace with the increasingly-used eBPF framework / in-kernel JIT.

  • Red Hat Exec Says IBM Must Keep the Open-Source Culture Untouched

    IBM buying Red Hat for $34 billion took many by surprise, including none other than the company’s senior vice president of Customer Experience and Engagement, Marco Bill-Peter.

    Speaking at the Red Hat Forum 2018 in Sydney, Bill-Peter explained that the acquisition “shocked” the company’s employees, suggesting that this takeover should take place smoothly in order to leave the open-source culture untouched.

    Otherwise, Red Hat’s mission would be altered and this could eventually lead to en-masse departures from the company.

    “At Red Hat we have like 13,000 people. If the open source culture gets impacted, trust me, many of those 13,000 people will leave,” he was quoted as saying.


    Red Hat has long been a target for tech giants, and while the IBM takeover took many by surprise, people familiar with the matter revealed many years ago that talks over a potential acquisition involved several other companies, including software firm Microsoft and Google.

  • Red Hat announces full support for Clang/LLVM, Go, and Rust
  • PyCon Canada 2018

    I've very happy to have had the opportunity to attend and speak at PyCon Canada here in Toronto last week.

    PyCon has always been a very well organized conference. There are a wide range of talks available, even on topics not directly related to Python. I've attended previous PyCon events in the past, but never the Canadian one!

    My talk was titled How Mozilla uses Python to Build and Ship Firefox. The slides are available here if you're interested. I believe the sessions were recorded, but they're not yet available online. I was happy with the attendance at the session, and the questions during and after the talk.

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Security: ThreadX, Kali Linux, Rocke and Data Loss

  • Vulnerabilities Found in Highly Popular Firmware for WiFi Chips
    WiFi chip firmware in a variety of devices used mainly for gaming, personal computing, and communication comes with multiple issues. At least some of them could be exploited to run arbitrary code remotely without requiring user interaction. The security flaws were discovered in ThreadX, a real-time operating system (RTOS) developed by Express Logic. The vendor claims on their website that ThreadX has over 6.2 billion deployments, being one of the most popular software powering Wi-Fi chips. The firmware is also powering the Avastar 88W8897 SoC (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + NFC) from Marvell, present in Sony PlayStation 4 (and its Pro variant), Microsoft Surface (+Pro) tablet and laptop, Xbox One, Samsung Chromebook and smartphones (Galaxy J1), and Valve SteamLink.
  • Wolf Halton on what’s changed in tech and where we are headed
    The tech industry is changing at a massive rate especially after the storage options moved to the cloud. However, this has also given rise to questions on security, data management, change in the work structure within an organization, and much more. Wolf Halton, an expert in Kali Linux, tells us about the security element in the cloud. He also touches upon the skills and knowledge that should be inculcated in your software development cycle in order to adjust to the dynamic tech changes at present and in the future. Following this, he juxtaposes the current software development landscape with the ideal one.
  • Rocke coinminer disables cloud protection agents
    A group of hackers that specializes in infecting servers with cryptocurrency mining software has started disabling security software agents used in cloud environments to evade detection. Known as Rocke in the security industry, the group has been active since at least April 2018 and is known for exploiting critical vulnerabilities in web application frameworks and servers like Apache Struts, Oracle WebLogic and Adobe ColdFusion.
  • Malware used by “Rocke” group evolves to evade detection by cloud security products
  • Malware uninstalls cloud security products from Linux machines
    After removing the cloud security, the malware then proceeded to mine the monero cryptocurrency on its hosts.
  • I Nearly Lost All Of My Data!

    At this point I’m really worried. You see, I cancelled my off-site Amazon Glacier backups around 6 months ago. What are the chances of both a 4 disk RAID failing AND a USB drive at the same time? Not likely, I thought. Boy was I wrong

Solving the Year 2038 problem in the Linux kernel

Because of the way time is represented in Linux, a signed 32-bit number can't support times beyond January 19, 2038 after 3:14:07 UTC. This Year 2038 (Y2038 or Y2K38) problem is about the time data type representation. The solution is to use 64-bit timestamps. I started working on the problem while working as an Outreachy intern for kernel developer Arnd Bergmann. Outreachy is a benevolent program that helps new programmers get into kernel development. The mentors for the kernel projects are usually experienced kernel developers like Arnd. Read more

Booting Linux faster

Of all the computers I've ever owned or used, the one that booted the quickest was from the 1980s; by the time your hand moved from the power switch to the keyboard, the BASIC interpreter was ready for your commands. Modern computers take anywhere from 15 seconds for a laptop to minutes for a small home server to boot. Why is there such a difference in boot times? A microcomputer from the 1980s that booted straight to a BASIC prompt had a very simple CPU that started fetching and executing instructions from a memory address immediately upon getting power. Since these systems had BASIC in ROM, there was no loading time—you got to the BASIC prompt really quickly. More complex systems of that same era, such as the IBM PC or Macintosh, took a significant time to boot (~30 seconds), although this was mostly due to having to read the operating system (OS) off a floppy disk. Only a handful of seconds were spent in firmware before being able to load an OS. Read more

Akira: The Linux Design Tool we’ve always wanted?

Akira wants to create an awesome design tool for Linux that could compete with the likes of Figma, Sketch and Adobe XD. They need your help to achieve this goal. Read more